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December 1st, 2015

For reasons that I’ve never really understood, Windows is the only operating system that makes you decide if you want the “32-bit” version or the “64-bit” version, without ever really explaining which is which or even having a recommendation based on your hardware and CPU configuration. Fact is, I expect most people are lucky that they have the OS pre-installed when they buy a laptop or desktop PC so they don’t have to worry about this question.

So what is the difference? Let’s see what Microsoft says: “The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer’s processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system.”

Okay, so why would you ever run 32-bit Windows 10? According to Microsoft again: “Most of the performance gain in computers running a 64-bit version of Windows comes from this added memory, combined with a powerful 64-bit processor able to use that extra memory. But for most people who just keep a few programs running at a time, 4 GB or more of memory offers no tangible benefit over a computer with 2 GB of memory and a 32-bit version of Windows.”

The long and short of it: If you are getting a new or newer PC you should be running the 64-bit version of Windows.

Finding out what version you’re running turns out to be really easy, particularly on Windows 10.

In the Cortana search box, type in “about your pc“:

search windows 10 win10 cortana my pc settings

Then press Enter or Return to launch the “About your PC” system settings.

It pops up and you’ll get your answer right there on the display window:

your pc settings on microsoft windows 10.1 includes version of OS and 32bit or 64bit

You can see that I’m running “Windows 10 Home” edition and that I have a very nice 32GB of RAM on this system along with, on the line labeled “System type” the following:

64-bit operating system, x64-based processor

So I’m running 64-bit Windows 10. How about you?

October 5th, 2015

Yahoo announced the launch of a new Yahoo Mail app for Windows 10, which is now available in the Windows Store.

The app includes real-time notifications, and lets you see snippets of your latest messages with Live Tile. Read the rest of this entry »

August 31st, 2015

Microsoft unleashed Windows 10 on Tuesday, and Twitter is using the opportunity to launch a new experience for the operating system.

You can see what it looks like above. It includes Twitter Live Tiles; multiple photo tweets (you can upload up to four photos per tweet); animated GIFs’ Vine playback; previews for tweets with photos, vine videos, and other content in the home timeline; and the ability to share photos privately in direct messages. Read the rest of this entry »

July 20th, 2015


On July 29 – in just over two weeks’ time – Microsoft will begin the formalroll-out of Windows 10, the new edition of the Windows operating system for PCs and tablets (and Windows phones). It’s been the subject of acomprehensive beta-testing programme by around five million people since the programme was launched at the end of September 2014.

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June 15th, 2015

I can handle the Start Page in Win8.1 because I really like the Apps Screen accessible from there. But I’m wondering, can I sort the apps listed by size or frequency of use to help me manage disk space?

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May 15th, 2015

Running Windows 8.1 and it has the Microsoft Windows Defender anti-virus running. Okay, but how can I force a scan?

Microsoft’s done a good job  of learning from every other anti-virus and anti-malware program to create a simple, effective program that defends your Windows 8.1 PC computer from all the baddies out there, whether they’re old school attacks or sly hacks or macro viruses. It would have been nice to see Microsoft do this ten years ago, but that’s all water under that proverbial bridge, and the good news is that we’re not stuck with some of the more questionable third-party programs that sometimes seem like they might be malware themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

April 13th, 2015

I set up a four digit PIN on my Windows 8 tablet to make it quick and easy for me to log in without my more complicated Microsoft Live password. But now the PIN isn’t working. How do I get in?

The whole PIN number way to enter is darn handy, actually, almost as good as having your PC scan your fingerprint in terms of both offering security and making it easy for you to log in to your tablet or computer quickly and easily. Thing of it is, like anything else, if you forget it, you’ve got a problem. Read the rest of this entry »

March 2nd, 2015

I don’t mind Windows 8 too much after using it for a while, but I really can’t get over the loss of theStart Menu. I know 8.1 puts a button on the lower left of the screen, but I want my menu. How can I fix it?

You raise a huge issue, one that’s the greatest complaint people have about Windows 8 and Win8.1: that the handy start menu has become a start screen and that the very concept of “everything running on the Desktop” has been reinvented to be lots of windows and some apps running within their own worlds while others still run within the Desktop environment. It’s confusing, to say the least. But Microsoft’s pretty insistent that the Start Menu no longer has a place in the world of Windows 8. Read the rest of this entry »

January 23rd, 2015

I’ve been going crazy trying to figure out how to add special characters and symbols to email and documents on my Dell Windows 8 system. Is there a shortcut or app or something to make the process easier?

If you’re just used to typing in A-Z, a-z, digits and basic punctuation, there’s a world of symbols and special characters that you could be using to add color and verve to your text communications, and it doesn’t involve stickers, smileys, emoticons or anything else. In your case, you already know the need because there are certain characters you need to include that are difficult to find on a standard Microsoft Windows keyboard, whether you’re running Win7, Win8 or an early beta of Windows 10. Read the rest of this entry »

November 19th, 2014

I’m a Mac guy, but now have a Windows 8 PC computer on my desk at work. Not the end of the world, but is there a way to share content between Mac and PC? Read the rest of this entry »